Anchor’s Courthouse Assault Case Pushed Back

By Andrew Gauthier 

Daily Press

Local TV anchor Barbara Ciara, facing misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a confrontation outside a Norfolk courthouse last month, has had her court date pushed back so that all of the accusations in the scuffle can be addressed at the same time.

Ciara, anchor and reporter at local CBS affiliate WTKR, was scheduled to appear in general district court this morning, but her trial was moved back to Sept. 30 — the same date that local businessman James O’Leary is scheduled to face the same charge for the same confrontation. Crystal Harrison, a colleague of O’Leary’s, is also both a complainant and a defendant in the matter.


The charges, all misdemeanors, stem from an incident outside a Norfolk courthouse last month when Ciara and two camera operators made an aggressive attempt to interview O’Leary, co-owner of Virginia Employment Services, a Norfolk business that is the subject of a state lawsuit following allegations it took clients’ money without giving them a job. More…